50 back-to-work bags for Autumn

Jenessa Williams 20 September 2021

Here are 50 handbags, backpacks and totes that’ll give you that perfect back-to-work feeling

Leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are back on sale and daylight saving days are waning…Autumn is upon us once more.  This year, the back-to-school feeling is even greater than ever, with many of us returning to in-person office working for the first time in many months.

With home working becoming such a widespread norm during the pandemic, many of us have gotten used to having our laptops, accessories and on-the-go bits to immediate hand, with the humble handbag resigned to the cupboard.

But just like canteen lunches and smart work trousers, it’s time to ease ourselves back into the practice of carrying around all of our daily possessions. Whether you’re a laptop lugger or a practiced minimalist, here are 50 handbags, backpacks and totes that’ll give you that perfect back-to-work feeling.

Burberry checked bag

Burberry’s iconic checked bag has had an low-key makeover, carrying you through many seasons to come (£1150)

Kipling bag

Kipling ‘Ilia’ bag is specifically designed for the working traveller, with laptop and luggage sleeve to slip perfectly onto a rolling suitcase (£126)

Ganni backpack

Ganni’s recycled-shell backpack will bring a smile to a dreary Monday (£175)

Kangan Arora bag

The popper-pockets on Kangan Arora’s collaboration with Tate Modern reinvent the classic tote bag (£35)

Penguin's book bags

Penguin’s iconic book bags add an affordable touch of flair to the everyday (£12.95)

The white stuff satchel

The White Stuff’s leather satchel is the perfect grown-up version of the classic schoolbag (£89)

Henry Holland tote

Lots to carry? Stuff it all into this cheer Henry Holland tote (£40)

Lucy& Yak

Go straight from work to gym class with Lucy & Yak’s handy duffel bag (£50)

Fjallraven’s Kanken backpacks are a classic for a reason – and they’re available in an enormous array of colours and sizes (£85)

Kaft bag

Kaft’s messenger bag will fit a 15 inch laptop with ease (£48)

Tanner Krolle backpack

Crafted out of Italian grained leather with a boxy finish, this Tanner Krolle backpack blends practicality with serious luxury (£1,800)

Oliver Bonas' bag

Business on the outside, party insidewe love Oliver Bonas’s two-piece bag (£49.50)

Dune bag

Dune’s wicker-effect tote seamlessly transitions from summer to autumn (£95)

APC bag

A.P.C.s 408 leather shines like the perfect pair of back-to-school shoes (£408)

Cath Kidston bag

Cath Kidston’s happy bag is ideal for last-minute overnight stays – and it’ll fold down to fit easily into your desk drawer (£55)

Herschel bag

Herschel's mid-size backpack is designed to carry hefty loads with maximum comfort and a reinforced base (£85)

Ted Baker bag

Transport those files in style with Ted Baker’s handy mock-croc shopper (£40)

Guess’s minimal monogram will never go out of style (£129)

Fiorelli bag

Fiorelli’s discreet grey backpack is perfect for those with minimal desk space (£49.99)

Lefrik's bag

Made from recycled plastic bottles, Lefrik’s three-tone design suits it’s innovative design (£45)

Cambridge satchel company

Modernise a classic with Cambridge Satchel company rounded crossbody bag (£175)

Chloe sport backpack

See by Chloe’s sport backpack will add a fun touch of colour to a hip workplace (£235)

Joe Brown

Joe Brown’s tweedy doctor’s bag is the perfect work bag for any retro lover (£40)

Roka bag

Roka’s foldable top allows you to squeeze in that little bit extra on busy days (£49.95)

Marc Jacobs tote

Marc Jacobs tote bag says it alla statement item that still feels minimal and chic (£200)

Nip out for lunch with just the essentials in this sweet autumn saddle bag by Accessorize (£22)

Next bag

Next’s faux-leather faux-suede affair packs a stylish punch on a budget (£38)

Gandy backpack

Gandy’s laptop-friendly backpack is made of a waxed cotton, perfect for rainy commutes (£54.99)

Gandy bag

 

Kula’s paper-bag effect backpack is a whimsical homage to old school days (£35)

Troops bag

Troop London’s neutral crossbody will work with any outfit (£32.99)

Clash Chloe’s pink bowling bag with the seasons top statement coloursmustard, taupe and pumpkin orange (£1300)

Sticky Lemon bag

Forever loosing your work lanyard? Sticky Lemon’s will keep your essentials safe (€21.95)

OAD x CW bag

Give everything it’s proper place with OAD X CW’s collaboration tote (£82)

Nail every colour of the autumn season with Fossil’s muted rainbow bag (£132)

White Stuff bag

Keep your coffee-break change handy with The White Stuff’s attachable purse (£65)

Primark bag

Add a pop of budget-friendly colour to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe with this Primark number (£8)

Marni bag

Mimick the tones of the autumn leaves with Marni’s classically-shaped bookbag (£390)

Rain’s simple backpack stays securely fastened with stylish matte-finish clips (£65)

Zatchels racing stripes pair perfectly with a cardigan and a mod-like pair of loafers (£178)

Parra’s colourblock duffle will stand out in the cloakroom (£75)

Matt and Nat’s roomy backpack is made from a soft vegan leather (£68)

Notabag’s transformable tote design is perfect for cyclists, converting into a backpack with reflective straps (£27)

Get two for the price of one with Morphe’s reversible tote bag (£189)

Ever been tempted to take a desktop nap? Gina Tricot’s plump padded tote would be a handy pillow…(£34.99)

New Look bag

New Look’s mock-croc bag completes a classy outfit without breaking the bank (£23.99)

Radley’s crossbody bag is the perfect size for an a5 work diary (£109)

You can’t go wrong with Clark’s black beautythe perfect bag for every occasions (£49.99)

Nicky James’s small backpack is perfect for transporting a lunchbox without adding excess bulk (£55)

Slot your water bottle with confidence into Brakeburn’s coated-sleeves (£34.99)

Loewe’s hammock leather tote is perfect for the socialising worker who needs to head straight to after-work drinks (£1,850)

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